I am rejoicing today because the Lord blessed me to wake up on my 57th birthday, and because this is also the 7 year anniversary of Broken-2b-Restored.
I shared my first post on my 50th birthday on November 2, 2011. When I prayed about starting this blog the Lord gave me the title Broken-2b-Restored. I knew I wanted to write words to share some of my testimony in hopes my experiences would encourage and lift up others. I also knew I wanted to share with others how to love God while also, learning to love yourself in spite of experiencing brokeness.
I must admit that in my younger years I was not sure how to love God and how to allow Him to love on me. I would feel that I was not worthy of His love. I would wonder how could He love me when I didn’t spend time with Him like I should. I kept thinking I have to get myself together in order for Him to love me and to bless me. Also, I resisted feeling His love because of how others who said they loved me mistreated me.
I have since learned that no matter how broken or hurt I was, God has always been there unconditionally loving on me. When others have turned their backs on me, walked away and mistreated me, God was always there to lift me up and keep me going. When others did not tell the truth about me to justify their own bad behavior, God was always there to comfort me and to not allow me to wallow in self-pity or unforgiveness. When my own choices and decisions caused me hurt and pain, God has always been there for me to lean and depend on. God would not allow me to give up, give in or give out!
How could I not see His love for me and how could I not understand that in spite of my brokeness, He was going to love me anyway? No matter how many times I experienced brokeness, God never left me. I thank God for His revelation and transformation in my life!
I was broken 2b restored and I was restored because of His love for me.
Dear Lord, thank You so much for another day in my life. Thank You for all the grace and mercy You have shown me over the years. Dear Lord, I know I would not be who I am and where I am if it had not been for your precious love for me. I thank You for the precious blood of Jesus that was shed for me. I thank You for the comfort of the Holy Spirit Who abides in me. I am so grateful that in my times of brokeness You have loved me and restored me. I was broken 2b restored and I am forever grateful! In Jesus’ name, I say Amen!
“Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life, in your light we see light.” Psalm 36:5-9 (NIV)